Busker blinded by bottle in brutal city-centre attack
A Canadian street performer has lost the sight in one eye after a vicious attack in Dublin.
Mark Beltran, a magician who performs under the name Magic Mark, tells the Irish Sun about his ordeal today.
After his amp was stolen, and quickly recovered, from a teenage thief in Temple Bar on September 9, Mark and his friends Hiroshi and Aaron encountered the gang again later that night on O'Connell Street.
One of the teens rammed a bottle into his face, leaving Mark with horrific injuries. His friends were also attacked but Mark suffered the most serious injuries,
The 29-year old required a 10-day stay in the Mater and 20 stitches in his eye.
The sight is gone in his right eye for good. Another deep cut missed his left eye by centimetres.
"This whole experience was just horrific for me and I'm afraid to go out now because I think I am suffering from some kind of paranoid syndrome," he said.
Mark was on his second trip to Dublin this year to perform when the attack happened and the well-travelled entertainer says he has never had anything similar happen to him anywhere in the world.
Mark has set up a Gofundme page to help him cover the costs of travel and being out of work for a few months.
On the page he speaks further about how he feels after the attack.
“At the moment, I feel defeated and depressed about all that has happened but I know I will get through this. I cannot wait to get back out there stronger and with an even greater appreciation of this life and its precious magical moments. There is too much pain and suffering in this world. We have to cherish those moments that make us happy and to remember all the amazing things we've experienced and those people that we love.”
Gardai confirmed to the Sun that the incident is being investigated.